Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Isn’t it?
But, you wouldn’t be aware of some unknown facts about Taj Mahal, right?
So, today you are gonna know the top 25 amazing facts about Taj Mahal. These are true, real, and indeed unknown facts about Taj Mahal.
We all know that the Taj Mahal is one of the most recognized architecture on the planet. Still, there are some unknown facts which are either known by the locals or a very limited number of people.
And fortunately, today you came across this amazing post which will tell you about the top 25 Unknown Facts about the Taj Mahal.
So, get ready to dive into the world of facts and knowledge.
It took 20 years and 20,000 workers to complete the construction
Yeah, you read it right.
It took around 20 years (1632-1653) to fully complete the construction of The Taj Mahal which is today known as the Epitome of Love.
In addition to this, about 20,000 workers are involved in the construction work along with about 1000 elephants who worked for 20 years for the same building.
Bonus Fact – Shah Jahan spent about 32 million rupees on the entire construction which today, amounts to a billion dollars.
Taj Mahal would have possibly collapsed if it wasn’t on the Yamuna Bank
It seems freaky, right?
If the foundation of the Taj Mahal wasn’t on the Yamuna bank then, possibly it may have collapsed. The reason behind this is the foundation made of timber wood.
Timber wood would have weakened over the years and ultimately, the Taj Mahal may have collapsed but, it is the Yamuna River that provides moisture to the foundation to make it strong and ever-lasting.
The Pillars/Minars are tilted outwards the main tomb
Now, you might be thinking why it is so, right?
Wait, wait. I have the answer to your question ready.
The minarets of the Taj Mahal has tilted outwards the main tomb (gumbad) to protect the main structure if one of the minarets falls.
Now, you might think that how visionary the people were!
They already knew that if ever an earthquake occurs and if one of the minarets falls, then it will damage the primary building. Therefore, to protect it, they found a great solution.
There are secret rooms and passages in Taj Mahal
Yeah, apart from the public eyes, there are secret rooms and passages present in the Taj Mahal about which a handful of people know.
They are locked from the Shah Jahan’s period.
Even today, the government has sealed those passages and rooms and don’t allow anyone to visit them.
Though it may sound confusing and easy, it might be possible that it is not as easy as we think.
This is an unknown and freaky fact about the Taj Mahal, isn’t it?
Taj Mahal’s garden was full of roses, daffodils and fruit trees
You didn’t believe it, right? I knew it.
The original garden of the Taj Mahal was full of flowers like roses and daffodils and fruit trees. But, this didn’t last for long.
When the British captured three-fifth of the Indian territory in the late 19th century, they transformed the natural landscape as per their interests and made it look similar to the lawns of London.
Agra was not the preferred location for Taj Mahal
Yes, you read it correctly.
There is a city in The Madhya Pradesh state of India named Burhanpur. The Taj Mahal is to be built-in Burhanpur rather than in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
But, do you what was the reason behind it?
It is the availability of white marble and other stones and gems. In Burhanpur, these can’t be supplied so finally, Agra was chosen as the perfect place to build the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal has around 4-9 million annual visitors
That’s the reason why the Taj Mahal is one of the most visited monuments in India. It’s magnificent architecture and iconic sight capture the attention of the entire planet.
Sometimes, the craze becomes so high that about 50,000 visitors witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal in one single night.
Now, what would you say?
You would have witnessed a BLACK Taj Mahal if Shah Jahan lived long
It would be mind-blowing, right?
This is true that Shah Jahan was planning to build another Taj Mahal made of black marble but sadly before he could order, his son, Aurangzeb assassinated him to end his reign and capture the entire empire and thus, being the supreme.
It wouldn’t be bad if we imagine a white Taj Mahal on one bank and a black Taj Mahal on the opposite bank, right?
Then, it would have been the #1 architecture representing the feeling of deep love on the entire planet.
Taj Mahal appears in 3 different colors in a day
Did you know that the Taj Mahal has three different color schemes for a single day? Maybe, not.
But, lemme tell you that this is one of the most amazing facts about the Taj Mahal.
Early morning, it appears pinkish. In the daytime, it reflects the sky and thus appears dynamic and milky white color. When the sun sets it looks golden and silver in the moonlight.
This amazing fact about the Taj Mahal is too not known by the majority of people.
PC Sorkar Jr. almost vanished Taj Mahal
PC Sorkar Jr., a famous magician managed to create an optical illusion that made the Taj Mahal completely vanish from the eyes of the visitors.
This optical illusion was carried out on the 8th of November 2000 at Kachhpura in Agra.
Hey wait, did you thought that it vanished? LOL
An Indian Writer claimed Taj Mahal to be a Lord Shiva Temple
In January 2019, an Indian writer named Anant Hegde claimed that the Taj Mahal is not an Islamic Monument but a Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva.
He said that Shah Jahan in his autobiography has stated that he bought the Taj Mahal from King Jayasimha.
According to him, it was a Lord Shiva Temple built by King Paramatheertha which was anciently known as ‘Tejo Mahalay’ which the British renamed as ‘Taj Mahal’.
The original name of Taj Mahal was Mumtaz Mahal
Yeah, the Taj Mahal was first named as Mumtaz Mahal by the Mughals but when the British captured India, they didn’t found it appropriate and it also caused them to misspell the name.
Therefore, they renamed it the Taj Mahal, thus making it easy to remember and spell.
Bonus Fact – For your information, let me tell you that the most precious and valuable stones and gems that were studded on the walls of the Taj Mahal were ripped off by the British during the Indian rebellion of1857 and transported to England.
Thus, reducing the beauty of Taj Mahal.
Mughals have used optical tricks to enhance its beauty
If you move closer to the Taj Mahal, then it’ll seem to get smaller while if you walk away, it seems to grow bigger. The local guides say that you take the Taj Mahal in your heart when you leave.
This optical illusion was developed in ancient Mughal times. Now, can you guess how good was the ancient times?
And indeed, it greatly enhances the beauty of the Taj Mahal making it more superior among all the monuments of the planet.
Did you know that there is a replica of the Taj Mahal?
Yeah, it is!
Taj Arabia, a Taj-inspired luxurious hotel and shopping complex under construction in Dubai. It is said to be a replica of the real Taj Mahal and will be four times huge than the Taj Mahal.
This extra-ordinary building is under construction in Dubai and will cost around a billion-dollar to complete the construction.
Thinking of visiting it? You must do so when it gets completed but for now, you can take a look at the structure to be designed.
Most admired feature of Taj Mahal is its dome
The huge central dome of the Taj Mahal is the most recognizable feature of it which is surrounded by four other smaller domes.
If we see the Taj Mahal from a distance, the first thing that we recognize its magnificent central dome. Added to this was the significance of the smaller domes.
But don’t the minarets hold significance?
They are true, an integral part of the Taj Mahal which integrates its beauty because of which it has been included in the seven wonders of the world.
So, have you ever read these unknown facts about the Taj Mahal before?
Well, I don’t think so!!
The hands of the workers of Taj Mahal were chopped off
Don’t be shocked.
It was a very debated topic that the hands of all the workers who were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal were chopped off so that they can’t construct another relatable architecture like that of the Taj Mahal.
But do you know what?
This was a debated topic, not the truth. After very long studies and scientific logic, it was declared that it was nothing but a myth just to boil up the social market.
Taj Mahal is visible from Jasmine Tower
Do you know the significance of Jasmine Tower of Agra Fort AKA Musamman Burj? You haven’t heard this name before, right?
So, lemme tell you that this is the place where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb.
So, if you ever visit the Jasmine Tower of Agra Fort, you can also take a look at the magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal was concealed during World War II
This was a great step of the then government which possibly saved the Taj Mahal. Yes, you read it right.
During World War II, the Taj Mahal looked like this –
It was covered with bamboo scaffolding to make it invisible as a monument to the bombers flying overhead. It just looked like a bamboo stockpile from the plane miles away.
Again, it was done during the Indo-Pak War to save the prestigious monument with even some minor damage. So, how much will you rate this technique? Wasn’t it worth?
The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays
No doubt, the Taj Mahal is a national heritage but don’t forget that it possesses an active mosque inside its premises. And, the prayers and other religious activities were to necessarily carried out in it. That’s the reason why the Taj Mahal remains closed during Fridays.
Therefore, never plan your visit to the Taj Mahal on Fridays!!
Taj Mahal joined the Seven Wonders in 2007
Taj Mahal was first recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world in the year 2007 by the UNESCO World Heritage with over 100 million votes in its favor.
Vehicles are not allowed near the monument
Over time, the white marble of the Taj Mahal seemed to appear yellowish due to air pollution.
Thus, the government took a strict decision that no vehicles are allowed near the monument rather than the electric ones.
Only electric vehicles are allowed in the surrounding area to conserve the national heritage of India.
Bonus Fact – You have to walk from the parking area to reach the Taj Mahal. Moreover, aircraft are not allowed to fly over the Taj Mahal.
A Bangladeshi man built a replica of Taj Mahal for his countrymen
It seems like everyone is copying the beauty of Taj, right?
So yes, Ahsan Ullah Moni, a wealthy film-maker of Bangladesh constructed a replica of the Taj Mahal which cost him around $56 million.
This was a ‘copycat version of Taj Mahal’ and it took five years for the construction to complete. He constructed this building to make sure that Bangladeshi people could enjoy the famous heritage site without traveling to India.
People got creative minds 😉
A wide range of precious and valuable stones are used in taj Mahal
A total of 28 various types of valuable and semi-valuable stones and gems are set in the marble of the Taj Mahal.
If we consider the white marble which was the primary building element, it was transported from Rajasthan. The turquoise from Tibet, jade, and crystal from China and Jasper from Punjab.
So basically, all the materials used were transported from all over Asia. Now, can you imagine how bulky the wok was?
Taj Mahal is higher than Qutub Minar
You didn’t believe it, right?
But, it is the truth. Taj Mahal exceedsQutub Minar by five feet. Though most of the search results show that they both are same in height i.e. 73 meters/240 feet but it is not so.
This is true, a verified fact.
The Taj Mahal was built by a Persian
The chief architect of the Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was not an Indian.
On the contrary, he was a Persian from Iran.
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